Community Health Education Master's Specialization

A Master of Science degree in Community Health Education further prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. The University of West Florida offers three areas of specialization for those that wish to further pursue their education.


Opportunities exist for graduate students to focus and expand their field of studies in the following disciplines:

  • Aging Studies Emphasis
  • Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness Emphasis
  • Psychosocial Emphasis

Graduate studies at the University of West Florida will provide students who hold undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than Health Education, the knowledge and courses necessary to obtain professional certification. Students who currently possess an undergraduate degree in Health Education will further develop their skills and build on their knowledge of Health Education practice and theory. Professional certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. is available as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Prerequisite courses recommended are:

  • Human anatomy and physiology or pathophysiology
  • General biology
  • Personal and community health, or its equivalent

 Community Health Education Links


M.S. Community Health Education: Aging Studies Emphasis

This degree is designed to prepare students as professionals in the rapidly expanding career field of aging. With the aging population expected to double in the next 30 years, individuals with a specialization to serve this population will be in demand.

The program is interdisciplinary and addresses the needs of students from varied academic backgrounds. A total of 39 semester hours are required for completion of this program and includes the option of completing either a thesis or an internship. The program consists of 24 semester hours of core courses and electives carefully chosen in conjunction with your advisor.

Aging Studies Links


M.S. Community Health Education: Health Promotion & Worksite Wellness specialization

With an ever-increasing trend toward healthy lifestyles, this specialization offers students the opportunity to focus on health education within the workplace. Organizations are recognizing the value in assisting employees in staying healthy and fit and lowering stress levels. With this emphasis, students will be trendsetters in the corporate world by helping make a more productive and healthier workplace.

The program is interdisciplinary and addresses the needs of students from varied academic backgrounds. A total of 39 semester hours are required for completion of this program. Electives allow students to further specialize their course of studies within this focus and are carefully chosen in conjunction with your advisor.

Health Promotion & Worksite Wellness Links


M.S. Community Health Education: Psychosocial Emphasis

This degree is designed to focus on the social and psychological sphere of health education. Students will explore topics related to individual and group behaviors, and learn techniques to apply knowledge gained in health education to different populations.

The program is interdisciplinary and addresses the needs of students from varied academic backgrounds. A total of 39 semester hours are required for completion of this program. Electives allow students to further specialize their course of studies within this focus and are carefully chosen in conjunction with your advisor.


Program Contact:
Dr. Debra Vinci
HLES Associate Chair
Phone: (850) 474-2592
Office: Building 72, Room 259
Email: dvinci@uwf.edu

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